Psychiatric needs must be consideredBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5298 (Published 29 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5298
- William R Jones, ST5 in psychiatry1,
- John F Morgan, consultant psychiatrist and senior lecturer1
- 1Yorkshire Centre for Eating Disorders, Leeds LS14 6WB, UK
Increasing bariatric surgery for appropriate candidates could be cost effective and save the NHS and the wider community millions of pounds a year.1 However, such an increase may exacerbate the existing difficulties of obesity services in addressing the preoperative and postoperative psychiatric needs of patients having such surgery.
Many (50-80%) morbidly obese patients seeking bariatric surgery have …